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Central Montana District
Release Date: 03/25/14
Contacts: Steve Knox, 406-538-1946    

BLM Plans Prescribed Burns in North Central Montana for Spring 2014

Contact: Steve Knox, 406-538-1946

(LEWISTOWN, MT) - The Bureau of Land Management plans to conduct several prescribed burns over the next 1-2 months in central and north-central Montana when weather conditions are favorable for burning.

One of these burn projects is the Tin Can Hill Unit E prescribed fire, located approximately 15 miles northeast of Winnett, which will treat approximately 2,300 acres. The primary objective of the Tin Can prescribed fire project is to reduce fuel loadings while improving habitat and vegetative conditions. Operational objectives include a reduction in stand density and pine/juniper encroachment onto adjacent rangelands.

Additionally, two prescribed fire projects are planned for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. The monument projects total approximately 4,100 acres. These burns are designed to reduce hazardous fuels and improve forage and wildlife conditions within the monument.

The Bureau of Land Management is also working on a prescribed fire project in northern Valley County. This 370 acre prescribed fire project is located approximately 20 miles west of Opheim, MT. The burn will initiate a series of steps which land managers predict will effectively convert a decadent stand of crested wheat grass to a rejuvenated healthy native variety.

All of these prescribed burns are designed to reduce the amount of hazardous fuels available in the event of wildfire and to improve forest and rangeland health conditions. Planning requirements for the projects have been completed in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and decisions to proceed have been issued by the appropriate local agency administrators.

If fuel moisture and weather conditions allow, these burns will be conducted by qualified fire personnel from several federal, state and local agencies as well as BLM resource staff from the local area Field Offices.

For further information contact Steve Knox, BLM Fuels Program Manager at (406) 538-1976.

BLM Photos  

(Prescribed Burn BLM File Photo) The Tin Can Unit D prescribed fire project burns in 2010 in Central Montana. Prescribed fires reduce wildland fire fuel loadings while improving habitat and vegetative conditions. -BLM File Photo Provided by Steve Knox

(Prescribed Burn Helo Ops BLM File Photo) A 2007 prescribed fire burns in the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Central Montana with the aid and over-watch of a helicopter. Both the Rain Trap and Gallatin Rapids projects slated for the monument this year are expected to benefit wildlife habitat in a similar manner. Prescribed fire projects reduce wildland fire fuel loadings while improving habitat and vegetative conditions. -BLM File Photo Provided by Steve Knox


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Last updated: 03-25-2014